‘Gas to the West’ pipeline route to be revealed at consultation event in Dungannon

John Morea, SGN Chief Executive; Jenny Pyper, Chief Executive of the Utility Regulator;  Arlene Foster, First Minister and Paddy Larkin, Chief Executive, Mutual Energy.

John Morea, SGN Chief Executive; Jenny Pyper, Chief Executive of the Utility Regulator; Arlene Foster, First Minister and Paddy Larkin, Chief Executive, Mutual Energy.

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A consultation on the major Gas to the West project will be held in Dungannon next week [Tuesday, April 19] at the Ranfurly Arts Centre.

The energy firms planning to bring the £250m gas line say the consultations will showcase the preferred route of the gas pipes.

The gas project is being implemented by two companies, Mutual Energy who have been awarded the licence for the high pressure pipeline and SGN Natural Gas, awarded the low pressure contract.

A new 100kms intermediate pipeline will be constructed to serve main towns in the west such as Cookstown, Magherafelt, Coalisland, Omagh, Magherafelt and Strabane.

The construction involves fencing off a strip of land 50m in width and buying steel pipes. Both companies are confident they will have gas to the main towns by the end of 2017.

The companies are also seeking to discuss the project with potential suppliers and will be holding a series of Supplier Information Events, hoping to develop a network of local suppliers who can provide quality goods, work and services at competitive prices.

In addition to the manned public consultation events, display boards, information and feed back form will also be available in a number of towns across the south Tryone area. These include Augher - Clogher Valley Community Centre; Ballygawley - Kelly’s Inn; Fivemiletown - Fivemiletown Library; Cookstown - Mid Ulster council offices [Burn Road].

The Stormont Executive have also committed £32m of public money to the project.

If you would like more information visit www.gastothewest.com